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updated to Bridge 2020 but it won't open files as it's looking for Bridge 2017 which I've deleted

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Recently I belatedly registered on Photoshop CC 2020 from CC2017 and a lot of updates were actioned, including to Bridge 2020.  But now, when I try to open pics I took yesterday from Bridge, it won't open them because it says it can't find Adobe 2017.  Not surprising, as I deleted it after the upgrades.  Is there any solution to this?

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Community Expert , Aug 24, 2020 Aug 24, 2020

Hi Hilary,

 

Actually I did see that but unfortunately Bridge 2017 makes more sense than Adobe 2017. Sorry

 

If you go to File Associations and on the right click on the dropdown menu, on the very bottom will be the option of "Browse." Click on that and find your copy of PS. Select that and you'll be good to go.

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Sorry for the confusion and let me know that this did work!

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Community Expert , Aug 24, 2020 Aug 24, 2020

Hi Hillary,

 

No problem we are very close to getting this to work. Really.

 

Go to the JPG option in that list of file types, then go to dropdown menu and then to that Browse button, select it and look for your copy of PS. I do not know a thing about Windows so I can't help you on how to find it or what drive it might be placed in, for that I have to let your expertise do what needs to be done. Once you find the Photoshop application, select it. 

 

Then when you go to the jpg option in file typ

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Hi Hilary,

 

Something is missing in your question because Bridge doesn't make any changes to an image (by itself) and thereby can't "imprint" a version like (say) various versions of Indesign. Even with Photoshop, you can open a .psd document you created 20 years ago and open it just fine with Photoshop today.

 

Also, there's no such application as "Adobe 2017," it doesn't exist.

 

One other possibility is that under a court ruling that showed up about a year ago, Adobe is only allowed to let users keep "n-1" applications currently running (where "n" is equal to "year"). So, if you were using 2017 and replaced it with 2020, than the only versions you had on your computer that would have been allowed is 2019 and 2020. Both 2017 and 2018 would have been uninstalled for you. It's possible that either your system was referring to the 2017 and/or one of Bridge's Preferences was tagging* back to the 2017 version and since they were not there, the warning was popped up.

 

To resolve this, you've sort of already did part of this by removing all the new stuff. Now what to do is to uninstall the rest of your Adobe items (be sure to delete Preferences as you are asked if you want to keep them or not), and then re-install the new stuff.

 

If something like this shows up again, do a "delete preferences" action to again, cleans the preferences. Alternatively you might need to simply tell your computer and/or Bridge what applications to call upon. So, for example, select any jpg, psd, tif, or raw image you have on your computer, and (on the Mac) press Command-i. That wil bring up a popup window on the left side of the screen and toward the bottom you'll see Open With... and a dropdown window to select which default application you want to open that kind of file with. You might have to repeat this with the other kinds of files. [Sorry I do not use Windows and do not know how to do this on Windows but there is something very similar.]

 

Similarly, in Bridge, in the Preferences, in the File Type Associations tab you can set which application Bridge will default to when you try to open any given kind of file. Yes, you may need to do this separately between your computer and Bridge, unfortunately they do not talk to each other as much as we'd like them to.

 

* What I mean by "tagging" is that while we'd like to think that our computers are very smart machines, they are dumber than dogs and only do what they think they've been told and sometimes to not know what we expect them to understand. In this case, if they last used (say) Photoshop 2017, even though it's been replaced by Photoshop 2020, it may not automatically default to 2020 and will be trying to find 2017 even though it's been removed.

 

Sorry this was so long, good luck!

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Hi

Thank you very much for trying to help! I fully understand what you say in your last paragraph, and that is obviously what is happening. In the para before that I have followed your instructions, going into Bridge, then preferences, then file type associations. There were no associations listed in the boxes on the right – they all say “none”. There is only one thing to do with Photoshop in the list on the right, and that says “Photoshop Document (.psd,.psb, .pdd,.pdp) When I highlight that and click on Open, nothing happens. So I’m stuck, and I don’t know what to do next. As you might gather, I am pretty thick about all this.

Is there any hope of you getting me to understand, do you think?

Hilary

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PS Gary: 

 I did amend my original question but you obviously saw the first version.  I mistakenly said it was looking for Bridge 2017, whereas of course I meant Adobe 2017.  What it actually says when I try to open an image from Bridge is:
 
“Windows cannot find ‘C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC2017\Photoshop.exe’  Make sure you typed the name correctly and try again”
 
Hilary

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Hi Hilary,

 

Actually I did see that but unfortunately Bridge 2017 makes more sense than Adobe 2017. Sorry

 

If you go to File Associations and on the right click on the dropdown menu, on the very bottom will be the option of "Browse." Click on that and find your copy of PS. Select that and you'll be good to go.

association.png

 

Sorry for the confusion and let me know that this did work!

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Hi Gary  I am really sorry to be so stupid, but no, I can't fix it.  I have gone to Bridge.  Then to Edit - Preferences.  Then to File Type Associations.  I then see a long list on the left, starting with Alas(.pix) and ending with XML(.xml).  Photoshop Document is the only thing in the list referring to Photoshop.  In the right hand column is a box for each item in the list, and each box says "none".  Each box has an arrow, which, if I click on it, says "browse".  There is no browse button or any other button at the bottom of this screen.  When I click on browse in the box opposite Photoshop Document it takes me to the Cdrive where I select Photoshop 2020.  I then click Open, and nothing happens.  I ha\ve also tried going into Start Up Scripts instead of File Type associations and clicked on:  Adobe Bridge, which says "This script enables other applications to communicate with Adobe Bridge" and on Adobe Photoshop 2020 which says "This script enables other applications to communicate with Adobe Photoshop 2020."  Again, when I click OK, nothing happens.  I don't recognise the screen you posted.  You must wish you had never tried to help me - I don't blame you!!  PS it's jpgs it won't open.  If I right click on the raw files and say open in camera raw, it does.

Hilary

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Hi Hillary,

 

No problem we are very close to getting this to work. Really.

 

Go to the JPG option in that list of file types, then go to dropdown menu and then to that Browse button, select it and look for your copy of PS. I do not know a thing about Windows so I can't help you on how to find it or what drive it might be placed in, for that I have to let your expertise do what needs to be done. Once you find the Photoshop application, select it. 

 

Then when you go to the jpg option in file types, you should see your copy of PS. Subsequent to that, when you double-click on a jpg, it should open up in your copy of PS. 

 

We are almost there.

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YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I've done it.  Thank you a MILLION times for taking so much trouble.  I am forever in your debt!!  Please look on my website and see if you would like a free print.  www.hilaryrobertsphotography.com

 

Hilary

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No problem Hilary, I'm very delighted I was able to guide you through the labyrinth of controls. 

 

I am VERY impressed with your photography. Absolutely delightful images and very well balanced and in control. They caused me to go to my shots of similar and same areas and you've humbled me. 

 

Perhaps if you could tap the "Correct Answer" option so that others in the future can more easily find the answer to this puzzle.

 

Glad I was able to help.

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I have done that, Gary.  But are you sure?  I more than happy.........

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